Tech review: Sony Xperia 1 II is a smartphone for shutterbugs, Reviews News & Top Stories

Sony continues to buck conventional smartphone trends.

Its latest, the Xperia 1 II flagship smartphone (available on Lazada), is taller than usual because of the unusual 21:9 screen aspect ratio it first introduced last year.

The Xperia 1 II also eschews the hole-punch selfie camera and the in-display fingerprint reader – used by almost all smartphone vendors to achieve a near-bezel-less display.

Instead, the Xperia 1 II has relatively thick top and bottom bezels to accommodate its front camera and dual stereo speakers. The phone also has a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint reader.

In addition, you will find a headphone jack, a port that has been removed from most high-end phones. The SIM card tray can be removed without an eject tool and comes with a microSD card slot that lets users expand the phone’s 256GB of built-in storage by up to an additional 1TB.

As a result of having these

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OnePlus plans new smartphone launch to tackle Pixel 5 and Sony Xperia

It’s been a good five months since the stellar OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro landed on UK store shelves, which means it’s time for a refresh. Yes, OnePlus seems to be sticking with its biannual refresh cycle – with an update to the OnePlus 8 poised to launch in a few weeks, reports suggest.

As we’ve seen in previous years, this is likely to be a “T” model, which the Shenzhen-based company occasionally uses to refine the design that debuted a few months earlier, squeeze a little more power under the bonnet, and introduce a new software feature. Interestingly, OnePlus doesn’t seem to be planning a OnePlus 8T Pro – with only the more affordable model receiving a boost.

For any OnePlus 8 Pro owners who recently splashed out £799, that’s incredibly good news as they’ll still have the latest and greatest from the company. But for anyone with

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Sony Xperia 5 II has a really fast camera, cool gaming features

As announced last week, Sony’s new flagship smartphone, the Xperia 5 II, is now officially out. 

As is typical of Sony’s smartphones, the Xperia 5 II has a strong photography emphasis, with a triple rear camera with three focal lengths: 16/24/70 millimeters. Sony obviously doesn’t think megapixels are very important so it never mentions them, instead focusing on what these cameras can do. That includes very fast shooting at 20fps for those sports shots, zooming in, and portrait shots, as well as 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion video and 21:9 video shooting at up to 60fps.

Sony Xperia 5 II has IP65/68 water resistance.

Sony Xperia 5 II has IP65/68 water resistance.

Design-wise, the Xperia 5 II is a fairly interesting phone because it’s not huge like most Android phones these days. It has a 21:9, 6.1-inch display, making it significantly smaller than the massive Xperia 1 II. Oh, and it’s an OLED with a 120Hz refresh rate, making

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Sony Xperia 5 II is a $950 flagship smartphone with a headphone jack

Sony’s next flagship smartphone, a followup to the Xperia 1 II released earlier this year, is the Xperia 5 II. Like the previous phone, the 5 II is a top-tier flagship with a Snapdragon 865 SoC, but it comes with a smaller screen and finally bumps the display

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